Befriender/Mentor-Children and Young People (Families Linked In project)

  • VO91586


Volunteers to provide quality 1:1 time on a regular basis to help children and young people to access leisure and recreational opportunities in the local community and to help improve wellbeing. Activities can include going for a walk or going to a local park, doing some arts and crafts, local museums and going for a chat. This quality time would allow a space for children and young people to talk about how they are feeling as well as a time for them to have time in their local community. Some of the befriender roles offered can also be on a 2:1 basis alongside another volunteer or worker which is a great opportunity for volunteers to build up confidence before lone working. Some befriender roles may take place in a school setting depending on the need of the child and may take place during school hours.

Mentoring roles are a way of helping children and young people achieve their goals. The volunteer mentor role involves providing both emotional and practical support to work towards specific goals identified by the family.

The Family Mentor role is varied and may include: Helping to improve relationships, help to support boundaries, encouraging interaction and support via play (activity sessions – visit to parks, adventure parks, ice skating etc), being a role model and building on existing strengths and assets to support the family to achieve their goals. These can apply to both parent or child or sometimes as a family unit.

Organisation aims and objectives

Barnardo’s strives to help the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. Barnardo’s vision today is that the lives of all children and young people should be free from poverty, abuse and discrimination. We want to bring out the best in every child no matter who they are or what they have been through. We deal with various issues such as poverty, neglect, homelessness, bereavement, domestic violence and disability. We look at the bigger picture and strive for a better future for all children and young people. Action for Children supports disadvantaged children, young people and families across various services in the UK. Action for Children intervenes to stop neglect and abuse and also offer services to support children, young people and families with disabilities. AFC want to help support children, young people and families to fulfil their potential and make the most of their lives.










The hours each week can vary but usually a commitment of 2 hours per session and usually weekly or fortnightly. The role, depending on the age of the child/young person can take place during the day, after school, early evening and weekends. We look for a volunteer to commit to a minimum of 6 months for this role to a maximum of 1 year.


A minimum age of 18 for volunteers due to the responsibility involved with lone working.
Experience required: We are looking for volunteers who have experience and knowledge around substance use as the Families Linked In Project supports children, young people and parents who have been impacted by substance use in the family setting. Previous experience is not essential but for some of our roles previous experience/knowledge/awareness would be much welcomed.
Travel details: Dundee
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: If yes give details (max 35 words) Mileage within Dundee Boundaries and Bus Travel within Dundee Boundaries. Receipts need to be provided when claiming.
Training details: Provided with an induction process that covers: child protection, confidentiality, and professional boundaries (to name some). There are various training opportunities outside the induction including trauma informed practice and volunteers are also supported by the volunteer coordinator with regular supervision provided.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

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